Former Sheffield priest sets sights on policing role

Backing: Alan Billings.
Backing: Alan Billings.
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A FORMER Sheffield Council deputy leader and parish priest who went on to hold posts overseeing youth justice is running for South Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner.

Alan Billings is on the shortlist to become Labour’s candidate for the role, against opponents including former South Yorkshire Police chief constable Med Hughes.

Mr Billings, a Labour councillor in the 1980s, has the ‘strong backing’ of David Blunkett, Brightside and Hillsborough MP.

Mr Billings said: “My plan will have clear priorities, including reducing offending, helping communities feel safer and supporting victims.”

He promised he would also build stronger partnerships with councils, youth offending teams and community groups.

Mr Blunkett said: “Mr Billings has just the right skills and experience.”

As well as his background as a parish priest in Broomhall and Walkley, Alan Billings was a teacher in Barnsley. He currently sits on the England and Wales Youth Justice Board.